Events happening in H-Town during Super Bowl week

Super Bowl week is just around the corner and if you want to be a part of the festivities leading up to the big game, but can’t attend Super Bowl 51 there’s going to be a whole bunch of stuff going on in Downtown Houston beginning Saturday, January 28 and its going to be LIVE!!

What I personally recommend checking out is Super Bow LIVE, which is a FREE nine-day family-friendly fan festival in downtown Houston celebrating Super Bowl LI. Anchored in Discovery Green and encompassing more than 750,000 square feet, approximately the size of 13 football fields, Super Bowl LIVE presented by Verizon features live music and
performances, interactive exhibits, great food and a 90-foot tall virtual
reality trip to Mars.

Although a bit pricey, but if you can afford it I would hands down check out the NFL Experience at George R. Brown Convention Center while you’re out and about in Downtown. To simply put it NFL Experience is an NFL themed interactive theme park and is heaven for NFL fans. Trust me and thank me later.

I’m personally looking forward to the NFL Experience and all the multiple concerts happening throughout the day for nine days straight on multiple stages at Super Bowl Live AND Discovery Green. Talk about a music festival mixed with a sports festival! Head to http://www.housuperbowl.com/super-bowl-live for a full schedule of artists performing and let me know who you’re looking forward to seeing perform!

For art lovers like myself, there will be a couple of pop-up shops open in Downtown for a limited time. Check out www.downtownhouston.org for more information.

I would also check out local news sites, www.chron.com and Visit Houston for official Super Bowl LI guides.

Be sure to download the official Super Bowl LI app, follow @HouSuperBowl on Social Media and visit the official website of the Houston Super Bowl for any information on the big event.

JJ Watt surprises kids at Texas Children’s Hospital dressed up as Batman

Everyone knows Houston Texans Defensive End JJ Watt for his athletic abilities and the impact he makes on the football field, but what a lot of people don’t know is that his biggest muscle is his heart.

From making a six-year-old girl’s wish come true by marrying her for a day to recording a a video on Instagram proving to non-believers he’s friends with a young fan to paying a surprise visit to a 12-year-old Leukemia patient who named his VGo telepresence learning system “Watt”,  you’ve read and heard about the countless emotionally chilling stories about how Watt goes out of his way to impact either an individual or a group of people.

Well, Watt has done it again.

This time, Watt dressed up as Batman and visited Texas Children’s Hospital.

Visiting children in hospitals is a normal routine for Watt, but this visit was rather special because it was for Texas Children’s Hospital’s annual Spirit of Children Halloween party sponsored by Spirit Halloween. Not only was Watt dressed up in costume as Batman, but he also spoke in a deep scratchy Batman voice as he mingled with the children and adults.

Rikki Ragland, owner of Rikki Ragland Media Group and spokesperson for Spirit Halloween, stated on Twitter that her and Watt’s manager worked for a year to make this event happen.

NBC’s “The Today Show” will air a feature on Watt’s visit on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 am C.T., so don’t forget to set your DVRs! Check out www.houstontexans.com for a sneak peak of the episode.

Once again another unforgettable gesture by the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, and personally my favorite out of the endless acts he’s done.

Most of you know Watt is one of my biggest role models along with Michael Jordan because of his motivational mindset and work ethic, but also because he uses his fame and fortune to his advantage by collaborating it with his fun loving personality and giving it all back to the community, whether it be visiting sick kids or surprising young fans or taking care of firefighters, JJ is the one person you can look up to even though he’s an athlete/celebrity.

So when you mix Watt and Texans Children’s Hospital, a place I called home for the first half of my life, there’s no better feeling in the world. Seeing smiles on those kids is priceless, especially having been in their shoes and understanding the joy and happiness of meeting an athlete.

Check out the full feature on www.today.com

Also check out the full interview off Watt with NBC Today Show’s Janet Shamlian on www.today.com

 

 

JJ Watt reveals daily diet and nutrition intake

ESPN’s Houston Texans affiliate Tania Ganguli recently released an article about JJ Watt’s nutrition habit and his daily diet.

According to Ganguli, Watt consumes around 9,000 calories PER DAY! That is how much I consume probably in a month.

The 9,000 calories consists a mixture of around 50 slices of bacon, 20 chicken breasts and 13 avocados.

Watt also broke down part of his diet in an interview with Fox Sports’ Jimmy Traina couple of months ago. In the interview, he stated that he eats two breakfasts per day, which consists a total of 10 eggs, hash browns, whole wheat pancakes, banana, orange juice, water, apple, oatmeal and a wheat toast.

Watt stated the reason behind his diet change was because his body was lagging in the energy/fuel that he needed based on how much he worked out.

“My body was was grabbing for something that wasn’t there,” Watt said. “It was trying to fuel itself with no fuel.”

Truthfully, I’m not surprised Watt consumes these many calories per day because of his work ethic and his workout regiment.

With Watt being one of my role models, I would’ve never thought I’d use his motivation for diet since I need to increase my calorie intake.

“Literally, if I’m not working out, I eat the whole time I’m not working out,” Watt said. It’s exhausting. You have to force feed. You have to force yourself to eat food.”

 

Houston Texans to be featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”

The Houston Texans will officially be on HBO’s 10th season of “Hard Knocks”, titled as “HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE HOUSTON TEXANS.”

The season will debut in August and the first episode will be on Tuesday, August 11 on HBO from 10 to 11 p.m. ET. The season will have five hour-long episodes debuting on Tuesdays and the season finale will be on September 8.

If you have never watched a full episode of “Hard Knocks” (like myself), the show displays an exclusive behind-the-scenes look on the team, players and coaches during training camp.

“This is an opportunity to provide a behind-the-scenes look at our team as we prepare for the 2015 season,” says Rick Smith, the Texans’ executive vice president of football operations and general manager.

Multiple story lines go into training camp this season for the Texans, including second year head coach Bill O’Brien, the QB battle between Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett, JaDeveon Clowney’s health, and many more.

But the biggest star attraction HBO will have their eyes set on is the reining 2014 Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt. What better way to get Watt more star time and publicity than through “Hard Knocks”?

Plus I’m sure no Texans fan and NFL fan has forgotten the intro “Hard Knocks” used for Watt when the 2014 featured team, Atlanta Falcons, came to Houston during their training camp for preseason practices: (:10 second mark)

 

For those concerned about the show being a distraction to the team and the Texans’ opponents gaining an advantage, don’t worry because Texans founder, chairman and CEO Bob McNair made it clear neither will be a problem. (via John McClain on Twitter @McClain_on_NFL

“It’s not going to be a distraction for us,” McNair said.

“We’re not going to give anyone a competitive advantage.”

There will be a 30-man NFL Flims crew shooting 1,500 hours of footage at Texans training camp, and camera and sound crew will have unlimited access to player and coaches meeting rooms, training rooms and practice fields.

I know I’m not the only one who is extremely excited for not only Texans training camp but also “Hard Knocks” being at camp as well. Going to be awesome watching behind-the-scene exclusives about my team on the Emmy Award winning TV series.

 

 

NFL announces date for Super Bowl LI

The National Football League today announced the official date for Super Bowl LI to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium as February 5, 2017. (via press release).

“We are excited to now know the date, and the Houston Super Bowl LI Host Committee is proud and eager to lock in the countdown to kick-off,” said Host Committee Chairman Ric Campo. “It’s a tremendous opportunity to showcase Houston as the forward-looking, global city that it is, as well as come together as a community and have a great time.”

 

“We are thankful our good friend Bob McNair and the other NFL owners are returning the Super Bowl to the best venue in America,” said host committee Honorary Chairman James A. Baker, III, the 61st U.S. Secretary of State. “We plan to return that favor by hosting a celebration with our special Houston flair, and we are already deep into the preparation for it.”

This will be Houston’s third time to host the Super Bowl (1974, 2004) and second time hosted at NRG Stadium (previously named Reliant Stadium).